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How to draw WAAX

Zentangle pattern: WaaxHappy Monday, y’all! If you’ve been with me for any length of time, you’ll know I have a special fondness for grid-based tangle patterns.

Many of the Zentangle®-original tangles are based on grids, and for very good reason. The Zentangle Method is all about being present in the moment and being deliberate with every single stroke, in other words, mindfulness. Mindfulness can be described as “paying attention ‘on purpose’.”

Grid tangles fill a section of your tile easily and there is something very mindful about it as you focus on repeating the same stroke in each grid square while turning your tile. And the tangle develops before your very eyes in an often-surprising way.

Waax is a versatile grid tangle from Minnesota CZT Esther Piszczek and though it’s been a while since we shared her fun C-bun tangle, it’s time for a new one.

Esther writes how she “discovered” Waax, why she named it so and she also gives us some tips on drawing her tangle,

I discovered it when I was playing with DL Sunray by Donna Hornsby, CZT, while preparing to teach a class. I asked myself, I wonder what would happen if I added a “sun” to the opposite corner of my grid and the rest flowed from there.

I am especially enamored with the variations I discovered and how easily the original tangle, Waax, can be transformed into something completely new.

My tip for drawing it is to notice that the inner, concave lines do not meet-up with the borders of the suns in the corners, unless you are drawing the one variation where it is a required part of the pattern.

I named it Waax because I thought it looked like dripping wax when complete. Enjoy.

I chose one of Esther’s variations (#3) for my example. Both Waax and DL Sunray owe their origins to the Zentangle-original tangle, Beelight. CZTs might recognize the Beelight variation Maria includes in our (CZT-only) Zenthology.

Esther illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Waax below and she has gone above and beyond by showing us several ways to vary her tangle.

Zentangle pattern: Waax

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